beceh: (lightning)
After living in Vancouver for approximately 10 months now, I have come to the conclusion that the Vancouver meteorologists use no actual weather or climate science. Instead, they have a wheel that has options for rain, snow, overcast and sunny. This they spin and update the websites. Every day they spin this wheel, and this is why the weather forecast for the whole week changes nearly every day. Right now it's telling me that it will snow on Sunday, but that will most likely change tomorrow. It's also telling me that it will be mostly sunny tomorrow, Monday-Wed. This is very likely to change. They almost always take away the sunny forecasts and replace them with rain closer to the day. Even though half the time it's sunny anyway...

On another note, I watched the movie Julie & Julia last year (2009... so not really last year now is it) sometime with my Grandma. It was when the whole Scott dramas were still going on and I remember watching it and thinking how both relationships portrayed in the movie (Julia & Paul Child, and Julie & Eric Powell) were loving and supportive and healthy, all of which were lacking with Scott and served as a bit of a wake-up call, in that I wanted that kind of relationship... and I was NEVER going to have it with Scott.

Anyway, I started reading Julia Child's memoir My Life in France over Christmas. I really enjoyed it. I laughed, it inspired me. It made me want to want to cook (I really don't like cooking very often). It made me want to go live in the south of France for a year or two with Keenan. It made me want to DO SOMETHING. Do something with my life.
Linda, Keenan's mum, noticed me reading it, and also lent me Julie Powell's book - Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, the other memoir that the movie was based on. Now, I didn't mind Julie's story in the movie, although I preferred watching the Julia Child parts, but I didn't mind her.... but after reading her book, all I want to do is slap her! I really didn't like her (even less so after watching/reading interviews and a synopsis of her next book). A lot of reviewers liked her book though, said it was funny and irresistible. I had to disagree. I didn't laugh once. It was a chore to read. I kept reading, waiting for the funny bits to turn up. They didn't. And I really didn't like her as a character. Selfish, whiny, negative, self-centered... I could go on... I just really didn't get WHY she was doing it... apart from to get famous... and I looked at her blog.... and I don't get how it got so famous in the first place?

But yeah... if you get a chance, definitely read My Life in France. Take a pass on Julie Powell's self indulgent tripe.
beceh: (summer drinks)
What a lovely week. Summer arrived in full strength (even got up to 30 Celsius a couple of days!!) and many days were spent either swimming in mountain rivers or at the beach. Rather wonderful, just how summer should be :-) 

Unfortunately it's back to low twenties and cloud this week :-(

Come back summer weather, come back!!

Had an odd dream just before I woke up... Somehow I was back in Australia, but I had a date with Keenan in Canada the next night, so I was trying to organise how to get back quickly and justify it to Mum and it was just a rather weird dream...
beceh: (flowerswoman)
 I went for a hike, well long stroll really, with my housemate Xianny and some of her friends today to Pitts Meadow. Really nice. It wasn't very far away either. 

Anyway here are some pics. 



Clicky here fore more prettiness.  )
beceh: (crater lake)
I got my camera chord the other day, so thought it was about time to upload some photos! :-) 

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beceh: (tea)
 Had a really good weekend!

Friday night I ended up going out rather late - met Kiall on Commercial Drive and met his new housemates and had a drink, then we went to Gastown to meet Tendai and his girlfriend Jaqui and her sister Naomi. 

Saturday afternoon I met up with Jono, Ian's cousin and Jimmy's little brother in Stanley Park. We hired some bikes and rode around the sea wall. It was really cool! Made me want to buy a bike. I've met Jono before and been to lots of social things with him there, but we'd never really talked just the two of us before. I was kind of surprised at how well we got on! There were no awkward silences at all or anything. 

The bike ride was really cool - the trail is about 10km or so, very easy ride. Very very pretty as well!

After we returned the bikes we walked over to English Bay and found a pub that had an awesome view over the water and went in there for a beer and dinner and before we new it it was 1am and we'd been in there for over 6 hours! We couldn't believe it. 

I ended up crashing at his place in Kitsilano cause I missed the last train. He has a really nice place in a super nice area. I really liked it. I will have to head over there more often, very pretty area! Much prettier than where I live! (But also much more expensive!!) 

Mmmmm I really like Vancouver. 

Tralala

Mar. 17th, 2010 01:59 pm
beceh: (canada)
 St Paddy's Day today! Plan is to hang out with my housemates tonight - it's one of their (Luke's) birthdays today, so should be good hopefully! I haven't been around the house all that much, so it will be good to get to know them a bit better. 

Had a pretty good weekend. Met up with Callum and associated friends on Saturday night and had a really fun night. Sunday was very relaxed, I did nothing but watch movies. 

Monday I found the local library and joined - yay! Books! It's a half hour walk away, so exercise too! I'm getting a little pudgy - I've been eating too much junk. Healthy food now! (yeah right...) 

Kiall, my friend I made in San Francisco arrived in Vancouver yesterday! Yay! Friend whose sticking around for awhile!! (Cal left on Monday) So I went down town and hung out with him all night. Was good. I can see myself becoming good friends with him... we'll see. 

I am liking the weather forecast for the next week. No rainy days! It has rained every day since I got here! 

I keep getting all these random calls on my phone. Generally I don't answer if I don't know the number as I haven't given all that many people my number and haven't applied for any jobs yet... and you have to pay to receive calls here (?!) so I don't want to waste money talking to randoms.... but yesterday I recieved two calls from a correctional facility!! Pretty sure I don't know anyone in any correctional facility, let alone a Canadian one... 
beceh: (canada)
WELCOME TO CANADA :-)

I have been here for one week and one day now. Feels longer.

MONDAY - Got into Vancouver International Airport in the afternoon - my flight was delayed by about an hour and a half. It's only about 2 hours from San Fran to Vancouver. Quick! I watched Whale Rider on the flight. I've really got to stop watching sad movies on planes... I always cry!
Got through immigration easily enough and got my work permit.
Collected my suitcase (it had an unfortunate shampoo explosion- at least it smells nice?) - it had been inspected in San Fran by the TSA.
Jumped on the Skytrain to Downtown Vancouver. I wish Melbourne had a train out to the airport!
Found my hostel easily enough - although I felt like a bit of a knob dragging my suitcase behind me. Missed my backpack! The hostel was alright. Not the best I've been to and kind of made me want to find a house straight away. It was full of Aussies. Couldn't believe it. Felt like I was back in Australia. Chatted to some people in the bar. They were nice, but I wasn't really inspired to see them again.

TUESDAY - Freezing day. Plan was to explore Downtown but I kept retreating into cafe's to escape the biting cold. I got a phone (Fido) and started looking seriously at places to live - emailed a few that looked alright and Mark got back to me pretty quickly so I went and inspected the room! I liked it! It's in Burnaby, takes about 20-30 minutes to get Downtown on the skytrain. The house is very close (2 streets away) from Holdom Station and is rather big - 2 kitchens, 6 or 7 bedrooms, 2 lounges - I think there are 9 housemates including me.
My room is huge. I need more furniture, it feels too empty! Anyway I like it. I know you're never meant to get the first house you look at, but this was exactly what I wanted so I took it. Only thing better would be if it was closer in, but being on the skytrain route makes it not a problem. It's pretty cheap - $550 a month with internet & utilities included. Sweet. If I lived in Yaletown or Gastown or Kitsilano or the West End, which would be way cooler, but twice as expensive.
Mark said I could move in straight away if I wanted, so I said I would move in the next day. Had already paid for the night at the hostel. Feeling rather happy and wondering if it could really be that easy (yes) I headed back to the hostel for my last night. Met my roommates Chris & Callum from Canberra. They invited me out for dinner with them and we had a really good night. Went down to Gastown for dinner and a few drinks at a place called Steamworks, then headed back Downtown to an Irish pub for a few more drinks. They met up with their mate Ross who is living here this year - he said he might be able to get me a job at his work. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be cool.

WEDNESDAY - I packed up(amazing how much mess I could make in two days) and moved to my new house! Easiest move ever. I just rocked up with my suitcase. Luckily the room is partly furnished - there is a double bed, cabinet and walk in robes already there. Signed the paperwork and settled in. Bought some new sheets, doona, pillows etc.
My housemates: everyone is in their mid-twenties or so.
  • Mark - Canadian. Owns the house. Nice? 
  • Jen - Canadian. Mark's girlfriend. Kind of looks like him.
  • Hannah - British. Student. Lovely. Very nice.
  • Luke - British. Hannah's boyfriend.
  • Dan - Canadian. In the room next to me.
  • Tracy - Canadian. Moving soon. Good.
  • Jess -
  • Alex - Haven't met her or Jess yet, just heard their names!
There are two women, I'm guessing Jess and Alex, who I haven't met properly and who don't seem all that interested in meeting me! But the rest are really friendly. Hannah and Luke invited me to go out with them tomorrow night and to Whistler on Saturday :-)

THURSDAY - Got my bank account sorted. Vancity.

FRIDAY - Hung out with Callum. We went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was pretty cool, although at first my feet got soaked and freezing. Need new boots. The weather fined up in the afternoon though and we spent the afternoon wandering around Gastown and Yaletown before drinking at various pubs. Met up with Ross again. Good night. I think I need a break from alcohol. It's not affecting me anymore!
beceh: (Default)
 So So So. 

Vancouver Day... 6? 5? I don't know. 

Anyway, liking it a lot. Although... hmm, I'm going to need to get used to this weather! I like some sunshine please? Oh well. There's meant to be some next week *keeps fingers crossed*. 

Yesterday I hung out with Callum, a guy I met in the hostel and we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and checked that out which was pretty cool (although a bit of a rip off!) , then wandered around Gastown and Yaletown for a few hours before having a few drinks... that extended into a few more. Good night! 

Today I was meant to go watch Callum and Ross play rugby... but the ground was ages away and well... rugby? Shmeh. Anyway might meet up with them later. 

I need to buy some new shoes and boots. I only have my converse all stars... not the warmest shoes, and not exactly waterproof at all, and in it being Vancouver, if I don't want to be walking around with cold wet feet all the time. And my boots I discovered yesterday have a hole in them, which also results in cold wet feet... so NEW SHOES MISSION! 

P.S. Thanks Steph for putting that Jezabels clip on your page... I can't stop listening to them!!! They are great!
beceh: (canada)
 Yo! 

So I have been in Vancouver for almost 4 days now and I already have a house and have moved in! Woo! I did not think that it would be this easy?! 

I haven't done anything touristy yet - it's been raining a lot, so I am thinking I will wait for a nicer day! I actually have time to do that now... 

But yeah, I am renting a room in a share house. Seems pretty cool! My room is huge, I need some more furniture, it feels empty! The other people here seem pretty cool as well. :-) I hope it works out! 

I moved in yesterday, so I only spent two nights in the hostel. 

Anyway, might write properly later, feeling a little braindead at the moment!

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